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The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford and Springfield. Since 1980, the Chapter has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. Today, the Greater Illinois Chapter serves the more than a-half million Illinoisans affected by Alzheimer’s disease who are in our chapter area, including 210,000 people with the disease plus family members and caregivers.

Our mission
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Our vision
A world without Alzheimer's disease.

Print a two page flyer about the Greater Illinois Chapter - click to download

Download a copy of the 2011 Illinois Alzheimer's Statistics fact sheet.  

Financial information

The Greater Illinois Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c) 3 nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Chapter uses 79% of all funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.

Chapter Audited Financial Statement
To view the most recent audited financial statements for the Chapter, click below.

Year ending June 30, 2011
Year ending June 30, 2010
Year ending June 30, 2009
Year ending June 30, 2008
Year ending June 30, 2007
Year ending June 30, 2006

The Greater Illinois Chapter has chosen to be included in the Alzheimer’s Association’s IRS 990 Group Tax Return, and did not file a separate return. Click here to display the National Alzheimer’s Association IRS 990 Group Tax Returns.

Annual Report 

FY11 Annual Report  (PDF)

FY10 Annual Report  (PDF)

FY09 Annual Report  (PDF)

FY08 Annual Report  (PDF)

FY07 Annual Report  (PDF)

FY06 Annual Report  (PDF)

FY05 Annual Report  (PDF)

Strategic Plan

The Alzheimer's Association's nationwide strategic plan sets the pace for significant growth in delivering our mission across the country. The Greater Illinois Chapter strives to implement all strategies for growth outlined in the strategic plan within the Chapter territory.

Read the FY 2012 to FY2014 nationwide strategic plan  (PDF)

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Board of directors – Greater Illinois Chapter

Board of Directors

Board Committees
Audit Committee
Compensation Committee
Executive Committee
Finance Committee
Fundraising Committee
Governance & Nominating Committee

Non-Board Committees
Illinois Chapter Network (ICN)

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Administrative staff

President & CEO
Erna Colborn 

Chief Financial Officer
Janet Devlin

Vice President, Program Services
Melanie Chavin

Vice President, Communications
Nancy Rainwater

Vice President, Development
Lisa Lee

Director, Care Navigation Services
Jessica Kirby

Director, Education & Outreach
Melanie Adams

Director, E-Strategy 
Salvador Bayron

Manager, President’s Office
Cindy Marsden

Chapter staff by location

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Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.